Noted speed freak, serial-killer fangirl, and Tea Party hero Ayn Rand was also a kleptoparasite, sneakily gobbling up taxpayer funds under an assumed name [note: it might have been her legal name] to pay for her medical treatments after she got lung cancer.
An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).
As Pryor said, "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out" without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn "despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help."
But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.
I like the part under the 'serial-killer fangirl' link. Her concept of a real man is great.
Ah yes, the law. Plunder is still plunder even if it is under the guise of the law.
Oh woe is me who has to live with my brain after such horrific ideas. LOL.
Mike et al.
We are not paying the poor with handouts as much as we are paying to the rich. We have to have as extensive a social net as we do because biz will not pay people a living wage for their workers. Our food stamps and health benefits keep wages low. If business paid a living wage and provided reasonable healthcare we wouldn't have people staying on welfare to keep health benefits for their children. We wouldn't have so many people on medicaid. If you want to look at welfare as a problem look at big pharma and big agriculture subsidies.
If you treat the have-nots like they are disposable you'll end up with your throat cut or being sniped from a distance. Then they will have and you will not. Ever heard of the French Revolution? Admittedly there are problems over there but the uprising was self-inflicted. If you treat people right and consider their welfare as much as your own you don't need unions, you don't need as many lawyers, you don't need so much government.
To have less government people need to work in groups and out into larger groups. I assure you our ancestors who thought only of themselves were tiger food pretty quick. The only way or primitive ancestors survived was by working together collectively. The same is true today. As a footnote- no one is physically taking your money. As I said earlier- a Libertarian society in the true Randian sense The leaders wont be alive for long. Isn't that the Rand way? Survival of the fittest and damn everyone else.
Even Apes and Chimps have a social code of sharing and fairness that they enforce as a group.
So is your proposition. Corporations don't give a damn about the people. If you don't force them to pay a living wage, they won't, particularly at the lower end of the scale. We'd have situations like in the countries that we send some of our manufacturing jobs off to, with people making a fraction of a dollar an hour.
As it is, the minimum wage laws don't do enough. We already have too high a percentage of the wealth held by too few of the people. Pure capitalism would make the situation worse.